Nudge Squidfish - Robot Wars ()

LP Edition of 200 This is the second volume of our series collecting the odds & sods of the immortal Nudge Squidfish. Nudge is one of the singular figures to emerge from the Columbus sub-underground rock scene of the 1970s. He was a member of The True Believers (along with Mike Rep & Tommy Jay). He cut a single for the New Age label in ’82, and couple of odd solo LPs while he was living in Nashville later in the ’80s. He was a member of V-3 (along with Jim Shepard) after that. He also released a bonkers full-length cassette on Old Age that was subsequently vinylized by Columbus Discount. More recently, he has become a highly regarded disseminator… Read more »

Eric Arn & Jasmine Pender - Hydromancy ()

LP edition of 250. Bandcamp Dusted Magazine Here is the third of our LPs documenting the new work of Vienna-based expatriate guitarist, Eric Arn. The first was the solo Orphic Resonance (FTR 281), the second, Paranza Corta (FTR 384), documenting duo work with Austrian guitarist Margaret Unknown. And now the third features duet recordings with English avant garde cellist Jasmine Pender, who also performs more noisily using the soubriquet, Rotten Bliss.  Pender and Arn first met at a 2018 festival in Krems, Austria. They played a duo show soon after, and this recording session followed in August of that year, when Ms. Pender was passing through Vienna. The blend of their instruments is a strange and delicate meeting. The music involves… Read more »

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Berserkir ()

LP Edition of 500 Co-Release with Cardinal Fuzz 21st (or so) album by this superb Ottawa-based improv unit, whose work has been too long underappreciated in the U.S. The core of the group (a sextet on this session) came out of the garage rock scene in 2008, dreaming, one supposes, of creating a sound more open and freed from structural form-dictates. Their ability to create cosmic gushery of the highest order has been proved time and again. Berserker Volume One must take its name from any one of a number of screwed-up B-movies, since the approach the band takes here owes not a whit to any juiced and enraged Viking we ever ran into. The long, slow guitar lines (and… Read more »

The Cherry Blossoms - Mystery Meet ()

LP Edition of 400 Includes Download and Insert. Vinylization of an insane and legendary CDR that Nashville’s Cherry Blossoms collective issued when they did a 2007 tour of Upper and Lower Rangoon with Josephine Foster as a special guest member.  The Cherry Blossoms are a musical entity not easily described, but I feel as though their essential whatsis was grasped by Michael Hurley. We were talking a few weeks ago and when the Blossoms were mentioned, Mike said, “Oh Yeah. I remember the last time I played a gig with those guys. Their van pulled up, and each of them got out, already playing an instrument and singing, and each of them was doing a different song.” And so it… Read more »

Big Blood - Do You Wanna Have a Skeleton Dream​? ()

LP Edition of 300 Includes Download / Poster Insert. 1st Pressing – Black Vinyl – Out of Print. 2nd Pressing – Neon Magenta Vinyl – Wow! Great new LP by the full trio version of Maine’s Big Blood. Colleen, Caleb and Quinnisa are all present and accounted for at every turn on this one! Unlike their last LP, The Daughter’s Union (FTR 459) (which seemed like some sort of experiment involving glam-rock-readymades), Do You Wanna? is awash with crazily re-imagined girl group dynamics. Some of these tight-sparkly-dress recreations have a savage teenage authority, but others wiggle more like dreams stolen from the nodes of Julee Cruise, Angelo Badalmanetti or David Lynch. Sometimes there are style-ghosts standing in all the expected… Read more »

Laminated Apes - May 13th 2014 ( / )

12″ Lathe Edition of 40. Loose Leaf Riso Cover printed at Looky here. Recorded & Mixed by Adam Langellotti (New Parents / Sore Eros) The Laminated Apes were an fitfully extant improvising unit originally assembled by Western Mass culture heroes, Bob Fay and Shannon Ketch. If you don’t know them already, look ’em up (and shame on you!) As so often happens with such projects, they swiftly drew other devotees-of-freedom to their orbit, and by the time they cut this session (which may or may not be part of a long rumored 2LP set), they were eight in number.  Besides the principals, participants include Andy Goulet, Greg Tessier, Jim Bliss (who was in the Bunwinkies with Shannon), plus Jen Gelineau,… Read more »

Leaf Peepers - Lunchtime For Birdy ()

LP edition of 200 / Numbered / includes a download code slip with LP. Loose Leaf covers and back Risograph Printed at Looky Here in Greenfield MA. Bandcamp  First graspable release by Leaf Peepers, a Massachusetts duo comprised of Turner Falls’ Omeed Goodzari and Worcester’s Nick Bisceglia. Omeed is well-known hereabouts as member of Donkey No No, and also for his solo recordings, which include the superb Zoltar Hid All the Locks/Minnows LP (FTR 349). Nick has recorded with his band Husks, and has also participated on sessions by Wendy Eisenberg and Chris Weisman among others. In fact, the both of them helped out on Chris’s last album, Romantics, Be that as it may, the sound of the Leaf Peppers… Read more »

Ryan Power - Mind The Neighbors ()

LP Edition of 250 BANDCAMP Music doesn’t have to be self-expression, but for Ryan Power that’s the only way it can be. Every note, melody, turn of phrase, and point of view in Power’s carefully-crafted songs is intravenously infused with his particular way of moving through the world. It’s a curious, probing, never-satisfied mode; he’s always searching for the perfect combination of chords, the most precise arrangement of words, the most complete capturing of a mood. As one song on his eighth album Mind the Neighbors puts it, his songs are “dreams on the run”–part of an exhilarating chase for elusive ideals. That chase leads to some wonderfully weird discoveries. On the wind-blown “The Slime,” sweetened tones inspire surreal visions:… Read more »

iji - ST ()

LP edition of 500.   Stereogum Video Premiere     Something To Say (Official Video) Graded On A Curve  iji (pronounced “ee-hee”) is songwriter Zach Burba’s tenured, transcendental pop coalition. Bred in Phoenix and fully flowered in Seattle, iji has been touring the American underground for 14 years, releasing a countless number of beloved LPs and tapes and pressing pause only for Zach to join the roving swarms of friends like Mega Bog, Dear Nora, and Clyde Peterson, whose Torrey Pines film featured a live touring soundtrack by Zach and others. iji, their self-titled 11th release, is a crucial wander through a gummy jungle that thrums with living things. Sounds plink, waft, and effervesce in friendly color changes, energetic yet gentle in expressions of patient-hearted pop. On first listen, it is easy to… Read more »

Million Brazilians - Urban Fossickated Octave ()

LP edition of 250. Beautiful new LP (the seventh, I believe), from this wonderfully abstract outfit, who were birthed in the shadow of Smegma (Portland, OR), but have since relocated to Maine.  The foundational members of the band are Grant Corum (keyboards, vocals, tin whistle, vocals) and Suzanne Stone (alto sax, khene, vocals). For this album, recorded by Big Blood’s Caleb Mulkerin, they are joined by Caleb himself (tape loops & treatments) and Tom Kovacevic (piano & synth), both of whom played together back in Cerberus Shoals. The quartet is hot. Even when it’s a trio.  The music has a blocked-out and dreamy quality, with jazzoid touches and perhaps less of an ethnographic quality than some of the band’s work…. Read more »